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Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc.

aka CIS South Central Texas   |   New Braunfels, TX   |  www.cis-sct.org
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Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc.

EIN: 74-2653402


Mission

The mission of Communities In Schools of South Central Texas is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Ruling year info

1996

Interim CEO

Susan Wetz

Main address

161 S Castell Ave

New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA

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Formerly known as

Communities In Schools of Comal County

EIN

74-2653402

Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Student retention

Human services

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

Adolescents

Young adults

Ethnic and racial groups

Low-income people

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NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Communities In Schools ("CIS") is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Utilizing Site Coordinators inside schools to deliver targeted, integrated student support services, CIS helps eliminate the barriers to good mental and physical health which in turn contributes to a students success. For 30 years, Communities In Schools of South Central Texas ("CIS-SCT") has successfully provided at-risk youth comprehensive services addressing every aspect of their lives through positive intervention that children face, including health, safety and social issues that prevent them from succeeding in school and maintaining a positive path to a productive future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Drop-out Prevention Program

Communities In Schools is the nation's leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS South Central Texas serves 28 schools from elementary to high school in four school districts. On-campus Site Coordinators work one-on-one with at-risk students. Seven core service areas include: supportive guidance and crisis couseling to students and their families; academic assistance; health and human services and referrals to partner agencies; enrichment activities; parental involvement activities; pre-employment services and college preparation assistance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Project Success was introduced in the 2006-07 school year. The program focuses on CIS' ultimate goal of helping at-risk youth gain a high school diploma and have a post-grauduation plan for the future. Project Success is a college-prep and career exploration program targeting at-risk high school juniors and seniors. It is an essential addition to the intensive, comprehensive case management services CIS is already providing to students and their families. Students are chosen to participate based on the following criteria: ability to graduate; no post-high school plan and recommendations from school staff and CIS. Participation in the program is voluntary. Project Success serves students who would otherwise have very limited knowledge of the collegiate environment and the process for admissions. In most cases, these students will be the first generation in their families to attend college.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Provides supportive, enriching program that matches at-risk youth with peer and adult volunteers. The community mentor program has more than 500 adult mentors who volunteer with children in need of an adult role model and children who benefit from one-on-one relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Drop-out Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students who met or made progress towards their academic goals.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Drop-out Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students who met or made progress towards their behavior goal.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Drop-out Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students who met or made progress towards their attendance goal.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Drop-out Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of eligible students graduated.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Project Success

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of students who stayed in school.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Drop-out Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteer mentors recruited and partnering with students in schools.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Mentoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The pandemic has definitely impacted our ability to bring volunteers in schools. This number also reflects the number of volunteers who serve as pen pals to students.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Vision: All students who need help will be served by Communities In Schools

CIS works in the most economically challenged communities where 75% of students are eligible to receive free or reduced priced lunch. By turning around schools where dropout rates are high due to poverty and serving schools with high risk populations, CIS addresses the dropout crisis where it is most acute. CIS employs a proven model of Integrated Student Services (ISS). In order to change the lives of children, families, and communities, we will:

-Increase overall student achievement throughout the six school districts served
-Increase student promotion in case-managed students
-Increase student graduation rates in the 57 schools that are served
-Improve the behavior, academic achievement, and attendance in the students who receive our intensive services
-Bring community resources to the students and families that are served by CIS

CIS works inside school systems with superintendents, principals, educators and other personnel, and forges community partnerships that bring resources into schools and remove barriers to learning. CIS addresses the total student, because students with unmet physical, psychological and social needs cannot learn effectively, within the context of the whole school environment. Research has shown that attention to needs of both the school and the individual student is critical in reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates. Our strategies for achieving our objectives are:

CIS will provide case managed services to at-risk students in six school districts in Comal, Guadalupe and Caldwell counties which will result in improved behavior, academic performance, attendance and overall well-being.

CIS will provide mentors to students in need of a one-on-one relationship with a caring and responsible adult who will provide positive role-modeling and values clarification.

CIS will provide college readiness assistance to high school students and college retention services to CIS students who are first generation college attendees.

CIS comes to the dropout crisis with a proven model, a strong national network, committed staff and volunteers., diverse philanthropic support, and a strong management record. Our basic mission is to gather community resources in order to eliminate any barriers that a child may have to staying in school and achieving a healthy and successful life. When we say, Whatever it takes", we are talking about providing counseling, academic support, clothing, school supplies, medical support, helping with college access and any other services that may be needed by a student and their family. CIS touches over 40,000 students in grades K-12 every year across 57 schools within six school districts in Comal, Guadalupe and Caldwell counties. We provide this support by placing professional staff on each campus who provide intensive services to approximately 100 students each year in addition to providing school-wide programming throughout the year. Most of these professionals are social workers with Masters degrees. We work closely with the school staff, parents, and fellow nonprofits in order to provide whatever a student needs throughout the year.

The CIS model is based on more than 45 years of service to students across America. Communities In Schools of South Central Texas has provided programming for 30 years. In April 2012, CIS South Central Texas received National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities In Schools Total Quality System standards. The TQS system is part of an organization wide commitment to evidence-based practice and the highest standards of accountability. CIS submits its annual performance results to the Texas Education Agency which reports these results after rigorous analysis. CIS strives to expand its services to meet the needs of the students it serves and their families. While CIS meets its stated performance goals each year, there is much work to be done in terms of expanding to reach the under served populations in our service area.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc.
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.40

Average of 1.41 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.5

Average of 1.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7%

Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $48,890 $128,314 $46,029 $563,542 $3,252,898
As % of expenses 1.4% 3.9% 1.0% 13.1% 64.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $23,035 $102,803 $20,518 $531,854 $3,217,382
As % of expenses 0.7% 3.1% 0.5% 12.3% 63.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,510,155 $3,504,508 $4,570,921 $5,094,509 $8,343,918
Total revenue, % change over prior year 21.2% -0.2% 30.4% 11.5% 63.8%
Program services revenue 52.9% 38.8% 66.1% 59.8% 29.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.4%
Government grants 6.6% 18.7% 0.0% 11.9% 15.3%
All other grants and contributions 37.5% 39.6% 28.3% 24.6% 52.4%
Other revenue 2.9% 2.8% 5.5% 3.5% 2.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,446,503 $3,304,237 $4,504,524 $4,294,215 $5,062,066
Total expenses, % change over prior year 25.1% -4.1% 36.3% -4.7% 17.9%
Personnel 69.8% 84.9% 82.5% 88.8% 86.9%
Professional fees 0.6% 0.8% 0.3% 0.0% 0.8%
Occupancy 0.7% 0.9% 0.2% 0.5% 1.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.9% 13.4% 16.7% 10.7% 10.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,472,358 $3,329,748 $4,530,035 $4,325,903 $5,097,582
One month of savings $287,209 $275,353 $375,377 $357,851 $421,839
Debt principal payment $13,349 $0 $0 $625,706 $15,819
Fixed asset additions $0 $266,082 $0 $0 $53,503
Total full costs (estimated) $3,772,916 $3,871,183 $4,905,412 $5,309,460 $5,588,743

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 1.4 2.4 3.1 2.5
Months of cash and investments 0.8 1.4 2.4 3.1 9.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.9 1.3 1.5 2.5 9.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $228,877 $388,011 $912,531 $1,105,963 $1,046,540
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,985,637
Receivables $92,918 $106,824 $188,248 $145,364 $286,584
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $762,072 $1,028,154 $1,052,138 $1,061,754 $1,115,257
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 12.1% 11.5% 13.8% 16.7% 19.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 47.4% 50.3% 63.2% 31.1% 12.7%
Unrestricted net assets $447,000 $549,803 $570,321 $1,102,175 $4,319,557
Temporarily restricted net assets $104,513 $176,470 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $104,513 $176,470 $196,838 $433,590 $325,811
Total net assets $551,513 $726,273 $767,159 $1,535,765 $4,645,368

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Interim CEO

Susan Wetz

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mike Wohlfarth

Retired Principal/Field Supervisor for Teachers

Term: 2012 - 2024

Elizabeth Zwak

Hunter Industries

Margie Skolaut

Retired

E. Keith Moore

CPA, Retired

Barbara Doeppenschmidt

Retired School Admin

Jerry Perkins

Business coach

Trica Albrecht

Volunteer

Denise Andabaker

Global Realty Group, LLC

Jill Bassett

Retired

Susan Bell

Retired RN

Gary Bird

Retired Physician

Steve Chapman

Retired

David Etrheim

RAFB, Retired

Barbara Gettig

Retired Public School Administrator

Jon Lindholm

Retired Public School Administrator

Frances Soechting

NBISD

Judy Wohlfarth

Retired USAF

Krista Moreno

Realtor, co-owner of Diamond Air

Nick Merrill

Owner, 2M Electrical Representatives

Stuart Blythin

Resort Developer/Operator

Jenny Faulkner

Retired Director of Technology (ISD)

Glenda Moreno

Retired Public School Administrator

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/10/2024

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.